Simplified Intentions

It’s no surprise that apart from my general black and white go-to attire, I’m stocked up on the basic essentials. Vintage tee, moto jacket, worn in- denim and the perfect black boots, anyone? As we sift through our closets on the daily while repeatedly saying to ourselves “I have nothing to wear,” we forget that we can make a killer outfit even with pieces on repeat. And as part of my new year resolution: to simplify and destress whenever possible, this keeps to that promise and makes life a whole lot easier.

Leather Jacket (similar) // vintage tee (similar) // denim // black boot (similar)

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NYFW | DESIGUAL

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On the 1st day of NYFW, I attended the ever so colorful Desigual show. A whirlwind of colors and prints floated down the runway to upbeat tunes on radiant, sprightly models. One model in particular stood out above the rest as she strutted down the runway with unfading confidence. As the new face of the Desigual Campaign, Chantelle Brown-Young who suffers from Vitiligo- a skin pigment disorder, redefined the standards of beauty and encompassing Desigual’s philosophy of “enjoying life and being happy.”

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THE ESSENTIALS

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Biased on all fronts, I can’t help but covet the most perfect basics from Helmut Lang, not only just for Spring but for the seasons to come. Lusting over clean and crisp tee’s, comfortable sneakers and the best minimalist accessory by far, these 3 pieces are key for perfecting the minimalist vibe. Taking cue from Helmut Lang, these are truly the essentials you’ll want to have!

Handcuff bracelet/ Entity Jersey Tee/ Low top sneaker

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TRENDS OF 2014

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To wrap up 2014, I’ve made a compilation of my top 3 favorite trends of the year. Looking back, these were my favorite in terms of practicality, functionality and overall just fun. What were your favorite trends of the year?

Oversized everything (via Celine)

There’s nothing better than feeling comfortable in oversized sweaters, coats, pants more all throughout the year. Bring on the holiday feasts!

A hint of Western (via Kenneth Cole)

We tip our hats to KCole for their western inspired attire as the clothes inspire us to pair workwear with weekend wear in a fun, relaxed, yet edgy way.

Sneakers & Sportswear (via multiple designers)

Sneakers & Sportswear practically go hand in hand. This year was major in terms of trading in your heels for a pair of slip on’s or snagging the newest pair of Nike’s or Adidas as part of the everyday attire. (I opt for a more minimalist look, that of Common Projects)  Thankful for this trend as a NY resident!

Additionally, the sportswear trend took off this year. From Net-a-porter’s launch of Net-a-sporter to Alexander Wang’s H&M collab, this is only the beginning of bringing complete functionality to our everyday lives and wardrobes.

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THE PERFECT KNIT

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My obsession with Ji Oh’s Fall collection continues with yet another perfectly chunky knit. Barely acclimating to this east coast climate, this knit works with ease to keep me warm & snug.

View Ji Oh’s collection here

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HELMUT LANG

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Just wrapped up my second week here at Helmut Lang and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of this team. The office is filled with an abundance of black, white and minimalist outfits with plush angora knits with some great leather action under over sized and billowing tops and tees. These women truly know the meaning of style with edge, durability and practicality!

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FAUX FUR FRENZY

Zara Faux Leopard Coat / Zara Cropped Tee / UO Midi Skirt / Steve Madden Booties

Working in fast fashion, I see styles come and go in a matter of days… or so it seems. When a hot commodity comes through, I have to get my hands on it immediately; this particular item at hand was Zara’s faux fur leopard coat. Paired with a black cropped shirt and a knee length skirt, black on black allowed for the coat to transcend the basics and not to mention keeping cozy in this brisk LA weather change!

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SINCERELY, US

Happy Thanksgiving! As this beautiful morning came about, it had us come to the realization that… It’s already Thanksgiving, and had us also saying, “Christmas is right around the corner.” We couldn’t help but to take a breath and  let sink in how fast this year went by. We all know that Thanksgiving is the marker for Christmas, and then to New Years and and before you know it, you’re another year older, but hey, we only get wiser! And with that newfound wisdom, we come to appreciate everything that is thrown our direction including new acquaintances, challenges, jobs and more whether it be for the good or the bad. Regardless, we’re incredibly thankful for a year in which we’ve both grown tremendously. What more could your really ask for when you have great health, friends and family who care about you and you’re growing into the person you were meant to be. Happy Thanksgiving loves!

Sincerely, US.

Alan: Zara Knit, Zara Circular Trousers, Steve Madden shoes, Zara Document Case

Alexa: Nasty  Gal Emme Crochet Dress, Steve Madden platforms, vintage Gucci man-purse

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